Is the landscape of American Christianity soon to change? Are there significant numbers of Christians working behind the scenes to take over the public-school system, to do away with the IRS and the Federal Reserve—perhaps as early as the year 2000?

An article in the November/December issue of Mother Jones implies such is the case. The article is based on a “ministry merge” document produced under the banner of the California-based Coalition on Revival (COR).

The document, largely the work of COR leader Jay Grimstead, outlines a 24-point “master plan” for implementing God’s kingdom on earth. It proposes Christian takeovers in virtually all aspects of human endeavor: education, the arts, politics, even the military.

On paper, the plan calls for the creation of countywide militias to be “under the control of the county sheriff and Board of Supervisors.” On paper, it calls for a seminary network modeled after the (as yet nonexistent) Kingdom College, to be based in San Jose, California. Again, on paper, the plan calls for the mass establishment of (COR credentialed) Christian newspapers, radio stations, and entertainment outlets. Among the document’s proposals is a “Kingdom Version of Saturday Night Live.”

The problem, according to Gary Amos, professor of law and public policy at Regent University (formerly CBN University), is that such plans indeed exist only on paper. Amos said the ministry-merge document is essentially a Jay Grimstead brainstorm.

“You have to understand the way Jay thinks,” said Amos. “He’s an activist. He wants to change things. What this document represents is not a realistic plan. This is Jay’s way of laying out ...

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